Title

Reconsidering the Broken Homes/Delinquency Relationship and Exploring its Mediating Mechanism

Abstract

As a result of methodological limitations, prior research may have artificially attenuated the magnitude of the broken homes/delinquency relationship. As a result of theoretical limitations, prior research has achieved only limited success in identifying the mechanism through which broken homes may promote delinquency. The present study addresses both issues using a national probability sample of 1, 725 adolescents. Results suggest that divorce/separation early in the life course may be more strongly related to delinquency than prior research implies and that remarriage during adolescence may be strongly associated with status offending. Overall, results also suggest that association with deviant peers and attitudes favorable to delinquency account for the broken homes/delinquency relationship better than do a number of alternative explanations.

Publication Date

2-2002

Journal Title

Criminology

Publisher

Wiley

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

10.1111/j.1745-9125.2002.tb00951.x

Document Type

Article

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